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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2014, Article ID 293637, 14 pages
Research Article

Dynamic Analysis and Control of the Clutch Filling Process in Clutch-to-Clutch Transmissions

1School of Transportation Science & Engineering, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Beijing 100191, China
2International Academy, Hefei University, Anhui 230601, China

Received 20 February 2014; Revised 14 May 2014; Accepted 18 May 2014; Published 23 June 2014

Academic Editor: Yunhua Li

Copyright © 2014 Wei Guo et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Clutch fill control in clutch-to-clutch transmissions influences shift quality considerably. An oncoming clutch should be applied synchronously with the release of an offgoing clutch to shift gear smoothly; therefore, the gap between the piston and clutch plates should be eliminated when the torque capacity is near zero at the end of the clutch fill phase. Open-loop control is typically implemented for the clutch fill because of the cost of pressure sensor. Low control precision causes underfill or overfill to occur, deteriorating shift quality. In this paper, a mathematical model of an electrohydraulic clutch shift control system is presented. Special dynamic characteristic parameters for optimal clutch fill control are subsequently proposed. An automatic method for predicting initial fill control parameters is proposed to eliminate distinct discrepancies among transmissions caused by manufacturing or assembling errors. To prevent underfill and overfill, a fuzzy adaptive control method is proposed, in which clutch fill control parameters are adjusted self-adaptively and continually. Road vehicle test results proved that applying the fuzzy adaptive method ensures the consistency of shift quality even after the transmission’s status is changed.